Do you doodle on scraps of paper? In mind-wandering creativity, do you draw fun and entertaining pictures – or sometimes write words fancily?
When reading The Book of John last week, it struck me that Jesus was doodling. I’m sure you’ve read the passage or you’ve seen it played out in movies.
“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was
caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says
to stone her. What do you say?” (John 8:4-5)
Pharisees and teachers of religious law were trying to trap Jesus. They wanted Him to say something that was worthy of His own stoning. They wanted Jesus dead!
Notice they didn’t bring the man who was also caught in the adulterous act – only the woman. They weren’t interested in punishment according to the law. Their purpose was deeper than that, and Jesus knew it (of course).
That’s when it happened.
“…but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.” (John 8:6b)
Jesus doodled! There is only speculation over what Jesus wrote, but scripture says just that He wrote. Call it what it was. That’s doodling, folks! When you doodle, is your brain engaged with things happening around you? No.
Your mind is on your doodling, and you ignore all else surrounding you. What you portray to others is that you are on a mini brain vacation. You are not paying attention to them. Jesus was, in effect, dismissing the Pharisees and religious teachers.
Jesus was sending an “I’m not giving you the time of day” message. But, they didn’t give up.
They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up
again and said, “All right , but let the one who has
never sinned throw the first stone!” (John 8:7)
When your doodling is interrupted, you can hardly wait to return and finish it. Right? So, Jesus had to finish His doodle (and continue his message of ignoring)!
Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. (John 8:8)
This is only what I imagine, not what Jesus actually wrote. I imagine He was thinking of His up-coming sacrifice and how we don’t deserve it. Never have, never will.
Jesus was stalling…waiting for all accusers to leave. And, then His point was made. He didn’t ignore the harlot’s sin. He simply pointed out that we all sin and should turn and sin no more. Jesus told the harlot to turn from her sin and leave the sinful life behind. We are not to judge. God does the judging. Jesus does the forgiving.
Jesus gives grace when we don’t deserve it, and we need it most when we’ve done the worst!
Now. Go to church and praise the Lord! 🙂